FAQ: SCHOLARSHIP WITH UAS7
For general information about living expenses during your stay in Germany etc. please have a look at our general FAQ.
There are two deadlines, but they don't apply to all programs or scholarships. You may apply for all three programs (Study and Internship Program, Study Program, or Internship Program) by February 15, 2017. You can apply for the Study Program (SP) and for the Internship Program (IP) by October 1, 2016 or February 15, 2017.
All applicants will automatically be considered for scholarship support; no additional application is necessary. The UAS7 Scholarship will be awarded in both selection rounds.
As long as you are a degree-seeking undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. or Canadian university, you are eligible to apply. Nationality is not a limiting factor. Graduate and undergraduate students who meet these criteria may apply for the Internship Program (IP). Please consult the "Eligibility Requirements" for additional criteria of the specific program you are interested in.
Having some German language skills can certainly make you more competitive, but in most cases it's not required. If you're considering a program with a study component (Study Program and Study & Internship Program), you should make sure that you have the language skills to succeed in the courses you outline in your Study Plan. If you plan to take courses held in German language you must demonstrate B1-level skills in German. Courses in some majors are widely available in English; in other majors, German is a de facto necessity for academic success.
Study & Internship Program (SIP) applicants proposing to do a self-organized internship should demonstrate B1-level skills in German in the Language Evaluation. Some laboratory internships available to SIP applicants through the Internship Program may require some German skills; please consult the project descriptions you are interested in for details.
Whenever possible, you should list two or three UAS7 Universities of Applied Sciences in your application. The more UAS you rank, the greater your chances that the selection committee will determine that you are a good fit for one. If you only list one UAS, you are competing for a smaller number of limited placements. If you choose a less commonly taught program (e.g. art conservation and restauration, which is only available at Cologne UAS), or if your language skills are not sufficient to allow you to study in German, it may not be possible to list two choices. We still encourage you to apply if your situation warrants only ranking one UAS (e.g. your major is only offered at one UAS, or courses in English in your major are only offered at one UAS).
If your university is already partnered with a UAS7 member University of Applied Sciences, you should consider taking a close look at options there, since it's especially likely that your university is familiar with the curriculum at that UAS and that a good fit is possible.
Some components can be submitted via email, while others must be sent to our office in New York. Also, some components can be sent by email by an initial deadline, but we must receive hard copies with original signatures by a final deadline. The details are available under the Application Process and Deadline section for each program.
The Study Plan is required for all Study Program (SP) and Study & Internship Program (SIP) applicants. Please select 5-10 courses for each UAS you rank that would fit into your academic plan towards graduation. You can explore course offerings at each UAS7 member here. Most SP applicants will be best served by the Sommersemester, which does not conflict with most American academic calendars (see SP Program Schedule for details). All SIP applicants should plan to take classes in the Wintersemester.
Please note that the courses listed at these links are typical of offerings in a given semester, but that official listings will not be available until shortly before the semester begins. You should therefore be prepared to make substitutions if necessary.
Yes---as long as they send it as a signed letter on university/college letterhead, in an attachment. The email account they use should be hosted by the university/college they work for. If they prefer, they can send it by regular mail, as long as it arrives at our office by the respective deadline.
Your recommenders should be a regular faculty member (assistant, associate or full professor) at your college/university. You should have taken at least one academic course with them, preferably in your major. Unless you are applying to study a language-oriented field (e.g. Translation and Interpretation) through the Study Program (SP) or Study & Internship Program (SIP), a professor in your major is a better choice than a German professor, since that person will also be filling out your Language Evaluation form.
If the supervising professor has follow-up questions based on your application, s/he will contact you directly. Please understand that they cannot reply to questions during the application phase.
My college/university is partnered with (UAS7/one of UAS7's member Universities of Applied Sciences). Can I still apply?
Absolutely! We are always glad to see applications from partners' students, and this can often make it easier for you to integrate a UAS7 program into your degree plan. UAS7 partners include Drexel University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Pittsburgh, and several SUNY campuses have agreements concluded or in progress with us. Also, our members have bilateral agreements with over 100 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. If you are unsure about whether your college or university is partnered with us, please contact us. Although you don't have to be from a partner institution to be eligible, if you are from a partner institution, that information can be helpful during the ranking process, since that can be an indicator of which UAS7 members have been pre-screened as good fits for students from your home campus.
This depends on how your home institution converts ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits into U.S. credits. The most common formula is 1 ECTS credit = 0.5 U.S. credit, so a typical SIP or SP student workload would be 30 ECTS per week, which amounts to 20-24 classroom hours per week.
What's most important is to discuss both the number of credits and types of courses you enroll in while abroad with your home institution advisors. They will help you determine what kinds of classes can be used for credit towards your degree. The Statement of Support in the application requires documentation of the advising process on this issue.